firing-machine love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mech., an apparatus for feeding an engine-furnace with coal.


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  • Such a gun, in a firing-machine, with powder enough to overcome all the friction, and heavy enough to counteract torsion and springing, would give very great accuracy, if perfectly made, or as well made as American rifles generally; but no maker in England, not even Mr. Whitworth, has attained _that_ point yet; and even so made, they would never be available as service -- or hunting-guns.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 24, October, 1859


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